Tag Archives: Oliver Dowden

Chris Philp appointed gambling minister as reshuffle continues

The latest development in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has seen Chris Philp named the new Gambling Minister, replacing John Whittingdale. Although the new appointee’s responsibilities have not yet been disclosed, it has been confirmed that he will oversee the continuation of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act following Whitingdale’s dismissal last week. Philp’s first act as Gambling Minister was …

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Whittingdale exits DCMS as gambling awaits Ministerial re-assignment

John Whittingdale, the DCMS minister overseeing the review of the 2005 Gambling Act, has been removed from his position in PM Boris Johnson’s latest cabinet reshuffle. The minister will be returning the backbenches, and will allegedly be replaced by former Cabinet Office Parliamentary Secretary Julia Lopez, MP for the Greater London constituency of Hornchurch and Upminster. Despite her promotion to …

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Nadine Dorries to lead DCMS as gambling judgements loom

PM Boris Johnson has called for a change of leadership at DCMS, appointing Nadine Dorries as new Culture Secretary, replacing Oliver Dowden. Called to Number-10 this afternoon, Dorries the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire was confirmed as DCMS new leader, promoted from her previous role as Minister of Mental Health for the Department of Health and Social Care. The Ministerial reshuffle, saw …

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DCMS reveals expert panel to begin fan-led review of football

DCMS has formed its ‘expert panel’ that will support appointed minister Tracey Crouch undertaking the government’s review of football for the benefit of fans and local communities. The review had been previously pledged as a Conservative Party ‘manifesto commitment’ made by PM Boris Johnson during the 2019 General Election campaign. Following the widespread fallout of English Football’s ‘Big Six’ clubs …

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DCMS moves forward on football review in response to ‘tone-deaf’ Super League proposal

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has confirmed that the DCMS will launch a ‘fan-led inquiry’ into whether English football is being run in the interest of its supporters and local communities. Dowden confirmed that the government’s long-awaited review of football would be brought forward in response to this weekend’s news that six Premier League clubs had agreed to join the breakaway …

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DCMS urged to take immediate action on Football Index collapse

MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) have directed further criticism at the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) regarding the collapse of betting exchange Football Index. Writing a letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group of legislators described the demise of the operator and the losses its customers suffered as a ‘scandal,’ and have cited …

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UK government releases latest Sport Winter Survival Package tranche

The UK government has released the second tranche of funding as part of the Sport Winter Survival Package, which will designate women’s sport as a priority. In November last year, the government assembled a winter rescue package – consisting largely of loans – worth £300 million for 11 sports suffering financially due to the coronavirus crisis. In the latest tranche, …

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PWC report highlights consumer ease and indifference towards black market threats

PWC report highlights consumer ease and indifference towards black market threats

A report commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), with the support of William Hill and Entain Plc, has provided evidence of black market threats to the UK’s gambling industry. The BGC commissioned ‘Big 4’ auditor PWC to undertake the ‘evidence-backed primary research’ on black market threats to the UK gambling sector. Findings indicate that although the number of …

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November to December 2020 in Review: Frantic conclusion sees betting prepared for another year under the spotlight

Betting leadership was provided no time to reflect on the events of an unpredictable year, as November and December developments placed the industry’s future on the line… SBC – Betting shakes off its seasonal slumber as UK government triggers long-awaited gambling review…   Betting faces an uncertain end of year close, as country-by-country European governments reviewed their national lockdown policies seeking …

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